Lewisville

Lewisville is nine miles northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in southeastern Denton County, ringed by Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton. The site was part of the Peters colony. In 1840 the Texas Immigration and Land Company was given an empresario grant by the Republic of Texas to encourage settlement in the area. In 1844 the families of John King and his son Augustus G., originally from Missouri, moved from Bonham, Texas, to become the first settlers in the area that became known as Holford Prairie, for John and James Holford, who also arrived that year. Competition for land among increasing numbers of settlers intensified in the 1850s. The Texas Immigration and Land Company employed Henry Hedgcoxe to administer property filings, plats, and titles. Hedgcoxe's strict adherence to company rules and the law made him unpopular. During the Hedgcoxe War, disgruntled residents ran him out of town and destroyed his home and records. In 1853 Willis Stewart went to Austin to sort out the land claims. Stewart was able to settle the claims, aided by the General Land Office and, in the process, developed the earliest comprehensive homestead law. In 1853 Basdeal W. Lewis bought the Holford properties and established Lewisville. That year the Lewisville post office was established. Rawlins, Kealy, and Herod built a gristmill in Lewisville in 1862. Several stores were built, and by 1867 T. M. Clayton and George Craft built the first cotton gin in Denton County there. In 1868–69 the first church was built at Lewisville, and the first Masonic lodge of the county was housed there.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Lewisville is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Holford Prairie)

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.04514350
    Longitude
    -96.98314300

Has Post Office

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Population Counts

Lewisville
Pop. Year Source
111,822 2020 United States Census Bureau
111,150 2019 Texas Demographic Center
95,290 2010 United States Census Bureau
77,737 2000 United States Census Bureau
46,521 1990 United States Census Bureau
24,273 1980 United States Census Bureau
9,264 1970 United States Census Bureau
3,956 1960 United States Census Bureau
1,516 1950 United States Census Bureau
873 1940 United States Census Bureau
853 1930 United States Census Bureau